Transfer Credits for Online Students
How to Maximize Your Transfer Credit Potential
At Champlain College, we're passionate about getting our students to completion faster and more affordably than they believed possible. In fact, we have a whole team of transfer credit evaluators tasked with the job to make sure you get every credit you deserve - whether it's earned at another college, military training documented on your JST, police academy training, professional development on the job, a recognized industry credential, and more. If it's something you've done to develop yourself academically or professionally, we want to see it!
With our generous transfer credit policy, you are eligible to transfer in up to 90 credits toward your bachelor's degree, or 45 credits toward your associate degree. (Please note that you are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits at Champlain College to earn your bachelor's degree, and a minimum of 15 credits to earn your associate degree.) Once you apply, we will work with you to determine your eligibility to receive:
If you have attended another higher education institution, be sure to send in your transcripts from your coursework completed there so that we can assess eligibility of transfer credit. In order to ensure that we can award you the maximum transfer credits possible, we recommend that you do the following:
- Send in all of your academic transcripts, JST and CCAACF transcripts- even if they are more than 10 years old or are in a discipline other than the one you are applying to. We may not be able to accept all of your transcript credits, but rest assured that if there is a way for us to give you credit and ensure that you complete your program with all the skills and competencies required, we will.
- Make sure the transcripts you send in are "official." Often this means that they are sent in a sealed envelope, bear an official seal of the institution, and/or are sent directly from the institution to Champlain.
- If you remember attending an institution after you apply and/or after your transfer credit review is completed, send it in. We will continue to review transfer credits for you up until the time you graduate.
As an adult, you bring a lot to the table, including work experiences that could be applied toward your Champlain degree. Students are often surprised at the range of training and professional development activities for which they are eligible for transfer credit. In order to ensure the best possible outcome, it is best that students send us more - rather than less - evidence of the completion of college-level learning. Below we have included some of the items we would like to see, as possible, when evaluating training and professional development activities for transfer credit equivalence. We expect that you may not have all of the items, but the more that you are able to provide the better.
- Start and end date
- Number of contact hours
- Accrediting body
- Required exam/score
- CEUs awarded
- Course/training description
If your life and work experiences have allowed you to develop competency and skills in particular subject areas, you may choose to demonstrate this competency through a course test-out. Test-out means that you will be granted access to a Champlain College course online, and have the opportunity to demonstrate your competency by completing the final assessment for that course, without fully enrolling in the course. Depending on the nature of the class, the assessment could be a final exam, paper, project, or several homework assignments. Test-out allows you to receive credit for a course if you pass the final assessment with a "C" grade or better.
How it Works: Test-out students will have an entire semester to complete the test-out course. (If your test-out course falls within the semester you plan to graduate, your deadline will be 2 weeks prior to the end of the semester). If used wisely, integrating test-out courses with regular semester courses can significantly speed up program completion! There is no restriction on when you can start a test out, only that it needs to be completed by the end of the semester. Also, you may take as many test-out courses as you wish, provided you do not exceed your allowable transfer credit limit. Speak with your academic advisor to learn more about the allowable transfer credit limits for your program. You will gain access to your test-out course after you have spoken with your advisor about testing out, and paid for your course. The test-out course will be available on your Canvas course drop-down menu. You will have access to the course material, and you may review and work through the material until you feel prepared to complete the course assessment. Once you've clicked "Test-Out Submit" in your course, our transfer credit team will be alerted and your work will be evaluated.
Paying for Test-Out: The cost for test-out is $150 non-refundable fee per test-out course. (Note: Test-out fees are not financial aid eligible.) Once you have decided on a test out course with your advisor, you will be sent a link through which you will pay your $150 fee. You will gain access to the course after making your payment.
Earning Credits: Once you have gained access to your test-out course, you are only allowed one attempt to successfully test-out of any given course. If you do not pass, or do not complete your assessment within the allotted time frame, you will not earn credit, and you will not be refunded your $150 fee. You would, however, be allowed to enroll in the regular semester class, but there would be no record of your Test-out attempt, and no impact on your GPA. If you earn a passing grade of "C" or better, your credit is then entered into your program evaluation and counted toward completion of your degree program. Test-out grades will not affect your GPA.
Wondering Who to Contact About Transfer Credits?
If you're a prospective student or have applied and have not yet been accepted, reach out to your admission rep, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the transfer credit review process and any additional materials you may have. You can also call our admission department at 1-888-545-3459.
If you're a current student, reach out to your advisor who will be happy to assist you. Our advisors are thrilled when they can help their student get to completion faster.